Statement of the Basic Education Study Group on the 2022 Matric results

21 January 2023

The ANC study group on Basic Education is elated by the significant improvement in performance by the matric class of 2022 across provinces. The matric class of 2022 is a historic cohort because the coronavirus pandemic significantly impacted its progression in grades 10 and 11. They were also affected by the recent disruptions caused by load shedding. This cohort has demonstrated the youth’s resilience and commitment to learning. Their performance is a testament to the Department of Basic Education’s tremendous work in ensuring curriculum recovery and continued learning under difficult conditions.

We commend the work of Minister Angie Motshekga, the Deputy Minister, Dr Regina Mhaule, MECs in all nine provinces, and the department staff for their efforts and commitment to strengthening our education system.

We appreciate the improvement in the 2022 NSC pass rate of 80.1% from 76.4% in 2021. The Department must sustain this positive trajectory. We are thrilled that the percentage of bachelor’s passes of learners from “no fee” schools has increased by 13.4% from 2021. This is a qualitative improvement signifying progress in improving the conditions of the poor through education.

We welcome the overall increase in performance of all provinces, particularly the significant increases in KwaZulu Natal by 6.2%, Limpopo by 5.3%, and Eastern Cape by 4.2 %. We also applaud the Free State for consistently being the best-performing province for consecutive years.

We wish the Class of 2022 success as they transition to the post-schooling education and training system and the world of work.

Most importantly, we thank the teachers, parents, community, and all education stakeholders for supporting learners. The development of learners requires multi-dimensional support. As a society, we can embed excellence across our education system by strengthening the efforts of all stakeholders who impact our learners’ lives.



Nombuyiselo Adoons ANC (MP)

Whip of Basic Education

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